#10. Illinois

- VC funding for women-led startups since 2018: $1.7 billion

- Number of deals with women-led startups since 2018: 371

-- Share of female and male co-founders: 72.8%

-- Share of women-only founders: 27.2%

PursePower lists nearly 46,000 women-owned businesses in Illinois. In Chicago, a third of roles at VC firms were also held by women in 2021, according to data from Chicago:Blend. One woman-founded firm, Chingona Ventures, focuses on startups founded by women and minorities that often get passed over by traditional VC firms. Entrepreneur found that as of 2020, Genevieve Thiers has received more funding than any other woman founder. The Sittercity founder has secured $48.1 million in investments.

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